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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New MIF report shows scope

of community foundation giving to media & journalism

This report—"Community Foundations & Media: Funding Data from 2009-2021"provides a detailed look at community foundation support for media in the U.S., including top funders and recipients, comparisons of funding across regions, and examples of grants across a range of media subjects. Data is drawn from Foundation Maps for Media Funding, an interactive map developed by Candid that shows philanthropically funded media since 2009.

Out of $19.6 billion in media grants made by U.S. foundations since 2009, $1.1 billion came from community foundations, the report shows. Of that figure, $124 million was directed toward Journalism, News and Information.

"Community Foundations & Media" is a follow-up to a data snapshot published by Media Impact Funders (MIF) last year in an effort to ignite conversations and understanding about the important role that community foundations play in the media funding ecosystem.

This new report, produced with support from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, shows that while the bulk of giving across many media types is concentrated to just a handful of community foundations, the scope of giving today is an encouraging sign that community foundations are recognizing the importance of supporting media as part of a larger strategy to build and sustain healthy communities.
 
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We encourage you to share the findings in this report with your colleagues on social media. Sample tweets:
  • New data from @mediafunders highlights encouraging role of community foundations in media ecosystems across the U.S. Read the report: https://bit.ly/3dSDLsD
     
  • Out of $19.6B in media grants made by U.S. foundations since 2009, $1.1B were made by community foundations. See more findings in new @mediafunders report showing scope of media giving among community foundations: https://bit.ly/3dSDLsD
     
  • Between 2009-present, community foundations gave $124 million to #journalism. That's about 11% of overall media giving among community foundations. See more findings in new @mediafunders data report showing scope of giving to media across the U.S.: https://bit.ly/3dSDLsD
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